Phishing net behaving strangely

Julian Field MailScanner at
Fri Apr 8 16:51:52 IST 2005

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Denis Beauchemin wrote:

> Denis Beauchemin wrote:
>> Hello,
>> I am testing the phishing net for the first time.  I use MS 4.40.11
>> on a brand new machine.  Language.conf contains:
>> PossibleFraudStart = <font color="red"><b>MailScanner
>> soup&ccedil;onne le lien
>> PossibleFraudEnd = d'&ecirc;tre une tentative de fraude de la part
>> de</b></font>
>> Here is what I sent to test (I added some underscores to make sure my
>> message would not be trapped again):
>> <a href="http_:_//_132_._210_._0_._0/">bad tag</a><br>
>> Here is what I got:
>> <a href="http_:_//_132_._210_._0_._0/"><font
>> color="red"><b>MailScanner soup&ccedil;onne le lien ""
>> d'&ecirc;tre une tentative de fraude de la part de</b></font> pas le
>> bon</a><br>
>> Which makes MS' message appear as a link.  The message translates to:
>> MS believes the link "" to be a phishing fraud attempt
>> from bad tag.
>> Is this normal behaviour?
> I just tried it again after changing MS' setup to English and the
> results are the same: MS' warning is inside the link...  so I guess it
> is normal behaviour...

The idea is to leave the link active, but make the warning message part
of the link. So if it is a false alarm, they can still easily click on
the link. They have to be made aware that what they are doing is
potentially dangerous, but I don't (and shouldn't) actually stop them
being able to follow the link.

Julian Field
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